A Story of Conflict Renewal & Hope


The presentation, an account of the struggle to save one of the world’s great national parks with its population of mountain gorillas, renders accessible to an audience one of the darkest conflicts in recent history, the bloody civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  It is not just a story of bleak and bloody facts: ultimately it is a story of determination and courage and how a small unit of Congolese park rangers, community workers and local environmental activists brought about a miracle in African wildlife conservation.
The park’s transition from the depths of civil war to a situation of renewal and hope is presented through the experiences of three exceptional men:  Innocent Mburanumwe, who’s father and grandfather were rangers and who captures the deep commitment to wildlife in Congolese culture.  Rodrigue Katembo, a former child soldier who walked over 4000 kilometres fighting the first Congolese civil war, after being reunited with his mother, gave up the war to become a park warden, and Norbert Lusenge, who joined the Congolese park service in 1968.  Vividly illustrated by the photographs of acclaimed photojournalist Brent Stirton, is a personal and passionate account which explains how the ongoing conflict in the DRC is driven by an unchecked scramble for natural resources such as gold, timber and oil, at a terrible cost to people and nature.